A new study in the online journal Pediatrics has found that mHealth technology can mitigate ADHD symptoms in children by creating stronger lines of communication between parents and physicians, in turn leading to more effective medication management.
Lead author Jeffrey Epstein, PhD and director of the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center elaborates:
Our data show the software not only helped improve the quality of medication care received by children treated at community based pediatric practices, but it also improved treatment outcomes for these children, As a result of the improved quality of ADHD care, children treated by pediatricians using this new technology had significantly less ADHD symptoms than children treated by pediatricians who were not given access to this web-based technology.
Dr. Epstein points to the expanded and expedient communication as a critical component to the software’s success:
[Patients treated with the QI program] had significantly more treatment contacts with clinical staff and a greater number of parent and teacher ratings to monitor the effectiveness of medications. In the old world, working with paper, it would be impossible to get this turn-around time. With something like this, you can make decisions without needing a face-to-face visit, and can actually manage treatment several times in between office visits.